Thursday, March 8, 2012

Taking the plunge

Five years ago, I made a commitment to lose weight. I went to the gym five days a week. I did an hour of cardio a day and an hour of pilates.

And I didn't lose any weight.

I lost inches, but I didn't lose weight.

So many people tried to make me feel better by saying "Muscle weighs more than fat."

Here's a newsflash:

A pound of muscle and a pound of fat...both weigh exactly a pound. Fat just takes up more space.

And it jiggles.

Muscle is more dense than fat, certainly.

I went from a size 10 down to a size 6. And weighed pretty much the same. But I was tone. No more jiggle.

And whoever said I'd lose weight in the chest lied. Size 6 and still a DD. The husband was happy but clothes were still nearly impossible to find.

Then, I had a baby.

Then, I had another baby.

Then, I had major surgery which required me not working out for nearly a year.

I jiggle again.

My arms are awful.

A week ago I made a commitment to start working out again. It's unrealistic for me to expect to perform at the level I was five years ago right out of the gate.

Right now, the goal is consistency. Work out every day. Thirty minutes of cardio.

I wish I could see results already. I don't. In fact, according to my Wii-Fit, I weigh MORE than I did a week ago. D said "Muscle weighs more than fat" and I about smacked him. If that were the case, I'd be seeing some sort of change.

The pants fitting a bit better. They don't.
The arms less jiggly? Well, sure because it hurts to move them!

I guess, I have to take the muscle soreness as a sign that my body is noticing what I'm doing.

By the end of March, my goal is to be consistently doing an hour of cardio a day. Maybe by the end of April I'll see the results.

I don't have any real "number" goals of weight loss. I don't want to jiggle. I have a pair of pants (or five) that I'd like to fit in to for summer. Some tops that I'd like to wear where my arms don't look like sausages.

So there you have it. My fitness goals. My taking the plunge in getting myself back to a healthy lifestyle.

Now, anyone want to be my accountability buddy?

Hitting publish before I change my mind...


  1. I will be your partner in exercise. I broke my foot in September and haven't been back to the gym since. Now that the weather is decent, it is time. If you're interestd (gosh, I sound like a stalker) let me know. My goal is to lose 15 pounds, but more importantly, fit into the only summer clothes I own. (I am cheap and do not want to buy new ones!) Kirby, Friend of Linda


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